The first of the asters and goldenrods are blooming, and that means fall is coming. The heat and drought made for a difficult summer, and yet I hate to think of it ending so soon. Anyhow, here’s what’s blooming:
Agastache foeniculum (anise hyssop). Late to bloom this year, but now at its peak.
Asclepias curassavica (tropical milkweed).
Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed).
Asclepias tuberosa (butterflyweed). These two milkweeds are almost at the end of their season.
Aster macrophyllus (big leaf aster). My kids like to call this “big ass leafter”.
Aster oblongifolius (aromatic aster).
Aster prenanthoides (crooked-stem aster). This is the earliest to bloom. I’ve got at least another four species that won’t flower for another couple of week or more.
Campanula rotundifolia (harebell).
Canna, various cultivars.
Cleome hasslerana ‘Sparkler’ (spider flower).
Cleome ‘Seniorita Rosalita’ (spider flower).
Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Sensation’.
Cosmos sulphureus (orange cosmos).
Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower).
Eupatorium ‘Gateway’ (Joe Pye weed).
Eupatorium purpureum (sweet Joe Pye weed).
Helianthus mollis (downy sunflower).
Helianthus strumosus (woodland sunflower). A sunflower for shade!
Heliopsis ‘Summer Nights’ (oxeye sunflower).
Hydrangea arborescens ‘White Dome’.
Impatiens, various cultivars.
Lantana ‘New Gold’.
Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower).
Lobularia maritima (sweet alyssum).
Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ (bee balm).
Nicotania alata (flowering tobacco).
Pelargonium peltatum (ivy geranium).
Pelargonium hybrids (zonal geranium).
Pentas lanceolata (star flower).
Petunia, various cultivars.
Rosa ‘Cassie’, ‘Darlow’s Enigma’, Sally Holmes’. These are really good for blooming through the season, though the heaviest bloom is early summer. They are all white or cream colored and single or semi-double.
Rudbeckia fulgida (black eyed susan).
Rudbeckia triloba (brown eyed susan).
Ruelia humilis (wild petunia). Not really a petunia. Supposed to self-seed aggressively but I haven’t found that to be the case.
Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’ (pincushion flower).
Silphium perfoliatum (cup plant).
Solidago odora (anise scented goldenrod). The first of the goldenrods to bloom! A shorter goldenrod that does well in dry shade or sun.
Symphirocarpos album (snowberry).
Symphirocarpos orbiculatus (coralberry).
Verbena ‘Cherry Red’, ‘Homestead Purple’.
Vernonia altissima (ironweed). This is their first year blooming. They are only 4-5′ tall this year, but wait until next year!